~~Brabourne will host matches in near future~~

Published: Tuesday, May 11, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and chief of Cricket Club of India (CCI) Raj Singh Dungarpur is confident of staging big cricket at the Brabourne Stadium at CCI in the near future.

"In the present day cricket, the game follows lights (floodlights). Without lights the stadiums, though with world-class facilities, does not get big matches. Hence we have decided to floodlit the stadium and I am sure it will not be too long before big time cricket comes here," Dungarpur said at an official welcoming function for the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit (ACU) delegates, who are in Mumbai for a three-day seminar.

Welcoming the ICC representatives, Dungarpur said, "CCI is proud to host the ICC meeting for the second time within a year and hope we will continue to do so in the future as well".

"Brabourne Stadium is one of the best in the world with a picturesque back drop and I can assure you gentlemen (delegates) that when we host big time cricket again, like we did in the 60s and 70s, there will be no match-fixing scandals but still you are welcome to watch some fine cricket and enjoy the hospitality of the club," he added in a lighter vein.

The chief investigator and the ICC ACU's general manager, Jeffery Rees said it has been a fantastic experience for him and his colleagues during their visit to India.

"The hospitality and the love of Indians have to be experienced to be believed and once again I appeal to the reporters that we can't discuss anything about the seminar as we are bound by certain rules and regulations," he added.

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